Two teenagers were dead Saturday and detectives were seeking information that could lead to a suspect in the shooting after a confrontation Friday night near a north Modesto shopping center.
Rolando Luna, 15, and Andrew Ensey, 19, both of Modesto, were hit by gunfire about 9:15 p.m. Friday in the 2400 block of Vera Cruz Drive, said officer Chris Adams, a Modesto police spokesman.
Luna was pronounced dead at the scene. Ensey was critically injured and underwent surgery overnight before he died Saturday at a Modesto hospital.
A makeshift memorial had been erected several hours after the shooting at Floyd Avenue and Vera Cruz, near the crime scene. Signs were posted at the site honoring the memory of "Rolando and Kool-Aid," near several candles and a long-stem rose placed inside a Corona beer bottle.
The memorial sat near an iron fence at the rear of a two-story apartment complex. Across the street was the back of the Coffee Plaza shopping center, where some believe the violent confrontation originated.
Early reports indicated that a dispute at a cigarette store spilled out into the nearby neighborhood and erupted in gunfire. Adams, however, said it wasn't certain what, if anything, occurred at the store.
Authorities arrived at the scene and found Luna injured on the ground near the apartment complex. Ensey was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
One resident told The Bee that she was walking home from a nearby fast-food restaurant when she saw a large group of males in front of the Waffle Shop restaurant in the shopping center.
She said it was obvious the group was involved in some type of confrontation, so she hurried home.
Minutes after arriving home, she heard gunshots, locked her doors and stayed inside even after police and other emergency responders arrived. She said she couldn't tell how many shots were fired and didn't see a vehicle leave the crime scene.
Other witnesses told police that a white four-door sedan with two to four people inside was seen leaving the area heading east on Floyd after shots were fired.
Adams said he did not know whether the shooters knew the victims. He said investigators did not know whether the shooting was gang-related, but had not ruled out any possible motives.
Police ask anyone with information about this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2394.
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